THE LOVING BRAND BOOK, WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CHARLES GOODNIGHT III AND ILLUSTRATIONS BY WILLIAM D. WITTLIFF.
Austin: Pemberton Press, 1965. 118pp. Illustrations. Oblong folio, tan cloth. First trade edition. Except for offsetting to the pastedowns from the jacket flaps, it is a near fine copy. The dust jacket shows the usual fading to the spine a 2” tear to the front panel (closed with acid-free archival tape), else very good. Reese Six Score 74: "Reproduces James C. Loving's original manuscript brand book of Texas cattle brands, compiled in 1884. Loving was the son of Charles Goodnight's partner Oliver Loving and one of the founders of the first Texas Stock Association. This reproduction makes available to all a picture of how brands were recorded by a working cattleman on the range, besides preserving an important brand book for posterity." Whaley, William D. Wittliff & the Encino Press: 10: “Loving, who was brought to Texas by his family in1845, began the task of compiling a list of brands and brand owners as a young man. Branding stock was vital in proving ownership but only if one knew whose brand belonged to whom. The task was essentially completed in 1884, when presumably several copies were made for the stockmen’s protective organization. The copy used to produce this volume is the only one known to exist.” A very nice copy of an important book.